The pastry chefs at Regal Bakery work hard to never stop surprising their customers, whether with bold new donut flavors, such as rocky road, berryblast, and green tea, or brand new foodie trends. Hot on the trail of the cronut craze, they created their own version of a croissant-donut and even experimented with bite-sized croissant morsels, dubbed “crototts,” which can be dipped in chocolate sauce, azuki bean crème anglaise, or bronze to put atop crotott-eating trophies. According to a profile of the bakery in the “Dining Out” section of the Star Advertiser, Regal Bakery stocks more than 20 donut flavors at a time and revives popular flavors from their past on Throwback Wednesdays.
Created by local indie rocker Josh86 and his business partner, Serena Hashimoto, as a comfy, stylish diner to lounge about, the Downbeat Diner & Lounge attracts famished lunch munchers and night owls with a vegan-friendly menu of American classics. Patrons can sprawl out in the funky-patterned booths before downing the American burger, which is topped with cheddar and doused in house sauce ($7.50). Those who wake up late can still snack on the breakfast menu all day, filling bellies with the Loco Moco, a gravy- and egg-slathered burger or veggie patty ($7). Like the vegetarian superheroes of the 1930s, every menu item has its vegan foil—even dairified desserts such as the milkshake ($5) and meaty meals such as the bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwich ($7.50).
Blue Hawaii LifeStyle Café supplies visiting snackers with a variety of healthy, vigor-inducing fuels. The clean, sunny store serves up its signature açaí bowl, which uses a delicious organic açaí-soymilk blend as the soapbox upon which granola, fruit, and honey preach the word of good health. Açaí is a South American drupe considered to be the most super of the super fruits, so high in antioxidants that in its wake lays only free radicals dejectedly crying to their mommies.
La Tour Cafe beckons diners with a menu of light cuisine, homemade soups, and freshly ground, locally roasted coffee. Turkey and sundried-tomato paninis come slathered with provolone or the baked-chicken pesto, spinach, and swiss cheese, and then leave the kitchen with a golden tan ($8.50). All sandwiches grace tables with their presence alongside a house salad, house-made pickles, and a variety of legal eating utensils. After 10:30 a.m., flatbreads such as the margherita strut down the dining-room runway flaunting the fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomato ($10), and the kalua pork seduces tongues with lomi tomatoes, taco sauce, and sour cream ($12).
Shigalicious serves up an eclectic menu of local snacks, from 20 flavors of finely shaved ice to musubi to Hawaiian–style hot dogs. Shigalicious boasts solidified water in apple, passion-fruit, root-beer, green-tea, and haupia flavors, steeping each half of every bowl in a different one ($2+). A toasted Hawaiian-bread bun embraces a polish hot dog in the Hole-E-Cow ($3), which customers can accompany with a side of dried mango or guava ($3 each), a sweet alternative to the intense sourness of french fries. Classic Spam musubi ($1.25 each), a meat-and-rice snack bound together by seaweed, shares the menu with teriyaki chicken and hot-dog musubi variations (both $1.50 each). Shigalicious’s menu constantly evolves as founder and consummate snack lover Kyle Shigano experiments with new shave-ice flavors and hot-dog condiments.